Enough of the chit-chat and hype. Time to breakdown this highly anticipated Eagles-Giants NFC East playoff brawl. I’m going position by position to see which team will come out on top. Let’s get to it, shall we.
Head Coach – Tom Coughlin has an 8-6 playoff record. Andy Reid is 9-6. Coughlin has a ring. Reid doesn’t. Advantage: Giants
Quarterback – Eli Manning is 4-2 in the post-season, having won his last four. He has historically struggled against the Eagles. Donovan McNabb has a 8-5 playoff record. He’s tossed four touchdown passes in two meetings this season. Advantage: Eagles
Running Backs – Brandon Jacobs and Derek Ward ran for 17 scores. Brian Westbrook has scored seven career post-season touchdowns and has given the Giants fits. Advantage: Even
Wide Receivers – Amani Toomer has scored seven playoff touchdowns. Kevin Curtis has topped 100 yards in two of three playoff starts. Domenik Hixon and DeSean Jackson are babies. Advantage: Eagles
Tight End: Kevin Boss is a rising star. L.J. Smith is a fading star. Advantage: Giants
Offensive Line: The Giants O-line paves the way for the NFL’s #1 rushing attack. The Eagles O-line, minus its best player Shawn Andrews, allowed a franchise low 23 sacks in the regular season. Advantage: Giants
Defensive Line: Justin Tuck is an All-Pro end and Fred Robbins is one of the league’s top defensive tackles. The Eagles D-line finished #3 vs the rush and #3 in sacks with 48. Advantage: Even
Linebackers: Experience versus youth. Advantage: Giants
Secondary: The Giants start four players with four years or less experience. The Eagles have two Pro Bowlers in Brian Dawkins and Asante Samuel. Advantage: Eagles
Special Teams: John Carney nailed 35 field goals in ’08. David Akers hit a team-record 33. The Eagles also returned two kicks/punts for scores. Advantage: Eagles
Well, that cleared things up. Uh, not really. I don’t normally give predictions but I have no problem laying it on the line: Eagles 20, Giants 16.
So, tell me WHO YA GOT???